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10 Canadian Horror Films To Watch This Halloween

There's no reason you can't feel patriotic and terrified this Halloween

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Oct 31, 2016

There's nothing more Canadian that a few drops of blood trickling through the snow. Our grand tradition of horror films, which runs the gamut between sorority girls stalked on campus over Christmas break, a menstruating teenage werewolf and a literal hobo with a shotgun, showcases the best our country has to offer. Here's 10 Canadian classic horror movies to watch this Halloween. Now, let's scare some hosers.

American Mary | dir. Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska | 2012

Katharine Isabelle (Gingersnaps), who might be the closest Canadian film got to a Jamie-Lee Curtis, stars as a medical student thrust into the world of underground plastic surgery.

Antiviral | dir. Brandon Cronenberg | 2012

Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, came into his own with this stylish, debut feature, which offers plenty of the family's signature body horror. Set in a dystopian future, a group of celebrity-obsessed fans navigate the underground market to catch the "viruses" of stars who fall ill.

Black Christmas | dir. Bob Clark | 1974

One of the most renowned Canadian film is also one of the silliest. Black Christmas is a slasher film set on a college campus where a group of freaked-out sorority girls cope with a serial killer over Christmas break.

The Changeling | dir. Peter Medak | 1980

This psychological horror starring George C. Scott has shades of Rosemary's Baby all over it. You'll never look at a wheelchair the same way again.

Cube | dir. Vincenzo Natali | 1997

Made for only $350,000, the debut feature of Vincenzo Natali (Splice) would go on to put Canadian horror on the map. Cube is a Kaftka-esque nightmare where people are confined into a bright white space that they can't escape from. (Insert your meta-commentary on cublicle workplace culture here.)

Ginger Snaps | John Fawcett | 2000

This uber-feminist horror film, written by Karen Walton and John Fawcett (later of Orphan Black), is a cult classic for a reason. Ginger Snaps is a story about the power of sisterhood and the horrors of going through puberty. Centered by two staggeringly good performances by the young Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins, hell hath no fury like a werewolf/teenage girl.

Hobo with a Shotgun | Jason Eisener | 2011

Mixing exploitation, horror and a campy sense of fun, this East Coast cult film stars Rutger Hauer (!) as a gun-toting vigilante on the fringes of society. The Can-con grindhouse classic you never knew you needed.

My Bloody Valentine | dir. George Mihalka | 1981

No matter what holiday, 'tis the season for death. Following Black Christmas' raw and bloody-thirsty celebrations, this early '80s slash flick took Valentine's Day as a cause for a bloodbath. In 2009, it was remade in 3D!

Pontypool | dir. Bruce McDonald | 2008

Perpetually switching genres, Bruce McDonald's take on the zombie genre is his most emotional film (and one of his best). When a war on the English language prevails (certain words trigger a zombie attack), a cast of Canadians living in the small-town of Ponypool, Ontario fight to the death in the bitter cold.

Silent Hill | dir. Christophe Gans | 2006

This adaptation of the Silent Hill videogame (a Canadian co-production) franchise is a worthwhile watch. We're not sure what's scarier: the disfigured monsters or the perpetually foggy landscape.

Extra Credit: One of David Cronenberg’s many disturbing classics. He's a national treasure for a reason.